INFERTILITY AND CHOLESTEROL
ARE CHOLESTEROL REGULATION AND INFERTILITY LINKED IN WOMEN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
A genetic variation found to alter cholesterol metabolism in women may also explain a large number of cases of infertility, a study led by Annabelle Rodriguez, an endocrinologist at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues have found.
RODRIGUEZ: We don’t think that this is rare. I think that we can probably help a lot of couples out there to try to find the answer to why, and I think that that gives people a lot of peace of mind, if they can understand why this is happening. And then when it follows up with then could there be treatment? It turns out that a cholesterol medication could that be a medication that could help women restore fertility even when they still have this genetic variation that they’re born with? And we’re really excited about answering that question. :32
These same women also had low levels of the hormone progesterone, necessary to maintaining pregnancy in its early stages, even though they were given supplements. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.